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Vol 22 No 4 April/May 2017

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Courted and Abandoned

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ISBN13: 9780802037503
ISBN: 080203750X
Published: November 2002
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £40.99



A pregnancy outside of marriage was a traumatic event in frontier Canada, one that had profound legal implications, not only for the mother, but also for the woman's family, the alleged father, and for the entire community. Patrick Brode examines the history of the ""heartbalm"" torts in 19th-century Canada - breaches of duty leading to liability for damages for seduction, breach of promise of marriage, and criminal conversation - that were part of the inherited English law and were a major feature of early Canadian law.;Encompassing all ten Canadian provinces, Brode's study examines the court cases and the communities in which they arose. He illustrates the progression of these ""heartbalm"" actions as women gained more and more autonomy in the late-19th century, until questions arose as to the applicability of these feudal remedies in a modern society. He argues that the heartbalm cases are a testament to how early Canadians tried to control sexuality and courtship, even consensual activity among adults. In mixing legal and social issues, and showing how they interact, the text makes a significant contribution to legal history, women's studies and cultural history.

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